Someone started a petition to open Presidential Election in S’pore to all races
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Singaporeans have noticed the power afforded by this website.
As speculation mounts over the upcoming Presidential election, someone named Nallakaruppan S started a petition to ask Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to make the election open to candidates of all races.
In case you can’t read it, here’s what the text says:
I’m a true blue Singaporean & am thankful to be born here. Singapore is where it is today due to Good Leadership, Hardworking Singaporeans & most importantly Unity amongst the various races.
So, I was a bit surprised when the Government designated the 2017 Presidential Election to be a Reserve Election for the Malays only. Although the Government’s intention is noble to ensure multi-racialism enshrined in the Elected Presidency, many Singaporeans I’ve known are not in favour of it. The Head of State should be a unifying figure commanding the respect of all Singaporeans. This could only be done through free and unregulated elections. Too many requirements should not be imposed thereby limiting the aspirations of Ordinary Singaporeans that one day they could be Presidents as well.
My humble request to the Government is to make the 2017 Presidential Election an open one for all races. Give the choice to Singaporeans to decide who they want their President to be & who will make Singapore Proud.
Open up reserved election
The upcoming elected Presidency, if a contest should be held, will be the first in Singapore’s history to be reserved for a Malay candidate.
This is an approach that not all Singaporeans agree with, and this petition is one way to express their dissatisfaction.
The petition currently has over 5,000 signatures right now. It aims to hit 7,500 signatures. It will eventually be delivered the office of PM Lee, as the petition claims.
It remains to be seen if this petition can achieve what Kaylee Jones’ petition did for her.
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